French Press Brew Guide

How to brew a cafetiere / French press

The classic, full immersion brewer Cafetiere, also known as a French Press, is a staple kitchen appliance for many home coffee lovers.

Pouring water into a cafetiere

The Cafetiere works by steeping coffee grounds and hot water in a beaker. Once the coffee is done steeping, a metal mesh filter is pressed to the bottom of the beaker which separates the coffee grounds from the liquid coffee destined for your mug. The metal mesh filter allows the natural oils found in coffee and fine particles to pass through and gives the coffee a thicker texture.

Basic Recipe

Coffee: 56g - Coarse grind
Water: 750g, 90-95ºC

  1. Add coffee & 200g of hot water, leave for 30 seconds
  2. Add the remaining 550g of water, brew for four minutes
  3. Stir once to break the crust
  4. Place on plunger and wait 10-15 seconds
  5. Plunge and serve

Step 1

Heat the kettle to 90-95ºC and warm the cafetiere and mug. Discard warming water.

Step 2

With the cafetiere on a scale, add 56g of coarse ground coffee, followed by 200g of hot water.Leave for 30 seconds.

Pouring water onto coffee in a cafetiere

Step 3

Add the remaining 550g water and brew for four minutes.  

Pouring the final water into the brew in a cafetiere

Step 4

Stir once to break the crust and place on the plunger. Wait 10-15 seconds.

Step 5

Gently plunge the mesh filter to the bottom of the cafetiere.

Plunging a cafetiere

Step 6

Pour and enjoy!

Pouring a cafetiere into a Loveramics mug

To prevent over brewing, pour any left over coffee into a jug or thermos.

Let's brew this!

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